Protect Our Oceans: END Action Against Seismic Blasting

[from Australian Marine Conservation Society]

Our oceans are in danger from seismic blasting, a harmful practice used by the oil and gas industry. The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) urges you to call on Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King to stop issuing Special Prospecting Authority (SPA) permits that allow this destructive activity.

Visit the AMCS website and use their feature send an email to Minister King.

What is Seismic Blasting?

Seismic blasting uses powerful airguns to fire loud blasts of compressed air into the ocean every 10 to 15 seconds, 24 hours a day. This noise is among the loudest human-made sounds in the ocean and has devastating effects on marine life.

The Impact on Marine Life

  • Marine Mammals: Causes hearing loss, disrupts mating and feeding, and can lead to death.
  • Scallops and Lobsters: Damages organs and compromises immune systems.
  • Plankton and Krill: Kills crucial organisms that support marine food webs from over a kilometre away.

The Current Threat

A proposed seismic blasting project over 45,000 sq km between Victoria and Tasmania threatens endangered blue whale feeding areas and commonwealth marine parks. This would be the world’s largest 3D seismic blasting project.

Why Abolishing SPA Permits Matters

Ending SPA permits will protect marine habitats, preserve biodiversity, and support coastal communities. Minister King has the authority to refuse these permits and can help clean up the industry.

How You Can Help

Visit the AMCS website and use their feature send an email to Minister King. Urge her to stop issuing SPA permits and protect our marine environments. Together, we can ensure a sustainable future for our oceans.

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